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One of my pdocs (I go through them a lot) suggested once I take Gabitril. I read on crazymeds that it would make my brain go to mush, which I do NOT NEED at work (another reason I'm hesitant about Lithium).

Does anyone have any experience with this drug for these symptoms?

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I took Gabitril in a relatively small dose for a decent period of time. (I'm med sensitive, so everything is in a relatively small dose for me.) It's not like a benzo for anxiety... you don't really notice it making things better... but then they are better. I really noticed the anxiety coming back when my insurance stopped paying for it and I had to discontinue.

I don't think it made my brain too mushy, but then again, coming out of the horrid ptsd induced hospitalization and starting to feel better will make anyone feel great. I did notice less brain chatter at night when I wanted to sleep after awhile. Nothing dramatic or instant, but if given the chance to take it again, I would. Is there a three day weekend or something coming up where you could start it and gauge the side effects before trying it with work?

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Nope, only the standard 2 day weekends, unless I decide to behave like I have this week and just not go to work. I've missed 2 days this week. Granted, I've had the flu, but I could work while having the flu. What I can't deal with is the anxiety!

Thanks for the info. I'll ask my pdoc when I go on Monday.

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I took Gabitril for several months for BP, along with Lamictal. Didn't notice it helping with that much, except at first (for me, anxiety exascerbates cycling). I can say it didn't interfere with my thinking much until I hit 16mg in an attempt to make me sleep during a dysphoric mania, at which point I turned into something resembling a blathering, stumbling drunk. It didn't work. I was forced to lie down just to prevent injury, and because I couldn't figure out how to type in English. I could still think fine (way too fast and too much, even), but actually doing anything about it was an issue at the high dose. Lower doses were fine.

Nice for anxiety.

My dad's taking a very low dose (4mg) with some degree of success in controlling his BP. He's aware that it's not working entirely well, though, and is probably going to have to add/switch. He also had the benefit of being extremely stable for a couple of decades on lithium before going off, which makes a difference.

Just personal experience.

Mimi

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I had a choice between Gabitril and Neurontin. I chose Neurontin. I found that for anxiety Gabitril got poor reviews, and not many of them.

But I am not BP and so maybe this is of no help. I don't know if your level of anxiety is different than mine being BP.

You might look at "remedyfind.com". They have many reviews, by people who have tried the med. There are bound to be some people who have taken it who are BP.

Good luck.

Breeze

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